Low Hammond Rowe Architecture and Perkins&Will win 2021 International Passive House Awards

Projects by the two Canadian firms were recognized among 14 awardees from nine countries.

The 2021 International Passive House Awards has recognized projects by Canadian firm Low Hammond Rowe Architecture and Perkins+Will Architects as winners, among 14 awardees from nine countries.

The ceremony was held online during the 25th International Passive House Conference in the Historic Town Hall of the city of Wuppertal. Besides architectural achievement, the jurors considered the buildings’ economic efficiency and innovation as well as use of renewable energy supplies. The winning entries will be published in book form.

“Buildings constructed to the Passive House standard require much less energy and significantly lower emissions are produced over their life-cycle. This exactly is vital for effective climate protection. All winners are a perfect example of how an extremely sustainable building standard can be implemented with a high architectural quality and in completely diverse ways”, says Jan Steiger, one of the managing directors of the Passive House Institute.

Special SIGA Award, “Airtightness”
Multi-family building in Fort St. John, Canada
Awardee: Paul Hammond, Low Hammond Rowe ArchitectureThis collaboration project between BC Hydro and BC Housing is a six storey and 50 unit building, and Canada’s 2nd largest certified Passive House Building.

Special Recognition: Single-family home
Single-family house in Pemberton, Canada
Awardee: Cillian Collins, Perkins+Will Architects Perkins&Will’s SoLo House is a prototype  for low-energy systems, healthy materials, and prefabricated and modular construction methods intended to inform larger projects. The home expresses a restrained material palette while generating more energy than it uses, eliminating fossil fuels and combustion from its operation.